The Anaheim Ducks have ended their 12-game losing streak and started a one-game winning streak, thanks to a 3-0 win over the Wild. This was a matchup of teams in transition, as both the Ducks and the Wild are undergoing renovations with multiple trades over the past few days.
John Gibson owners can breathe a sigh of relief. The Ducks’ overworked goalie stopped all 37 shots he faced in picking up the shutout. Since his last game off on December 18, Gibson had appeared in 11 consecutive games and not picked up a single victory – a span of nearly an entire month. Despite the win, the Ducks were outshot 37-23, so it’s hard to imagine a massive turnaround. The Ducks are in a logjam for one of the final two wild card spots in the Western Conference, so it’s clear that Gibson will need to carry this team if they are going to make the playoffs. But in the meantime, he may continue to have a tough time earning wins.
Gibson was THIS close from losing his shutout… uh, that might even be a goal. You decide. Don’t worry, Gibson owners, you won’t lose your shutout as a result of a stats correction.
There is fantasy value to be had in Anaheim at the moment, believe it or not. With a goal on Thursday, Rickard Rakell now has goals in three consecutive games and points in four consecutive games. With time missed due to injury and his points-per-game down (from 0.9 last season to 0.69 this season), Rakell is a potential buy-low candidate. Plus he is eligible at all three forward positions on Yahoo!
By the way, newly acquired Devin Shore lined up with Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf, recording an assist. Shore has recorded at least 30 points in each of his previous two seasons, so Shore could end up being what we thought Pontus Aberg might have been in Anaheim.
Below are the trade articles involving the Wild. Click on the author’s name to read.
Aberg for Justin Kloos (Cam Robinson)
Nino Niederreiter for Victor Rask (Mike Clifford)
So with Aberg in the lineup (but no Rask yet), here is how the Wild’s lines shook out on Thursday against Aberg’s former team:
#1 30.6% GRANLUND,MIKAEL – KOIVU,